In Collaboration with the Assets and Education Initiative at the University of Kansas
To read a summary of this event on the Asset Building Program blog, The Ladder, please click here.
A college education has never been more important to succeeding in the job market and earning a good living. For millions of low- and moderate- income students, however, the cost of attendance requires taking on a mountain of debt or puts the credential out of reach altogether. Unfortunately, none of the common proposals for fixing financial aid – forgiving loans, lowering interest rates, increasing tax credits, tuition guarantees – focus on the one lever that simultaneously improves college affordability, readiness, completion, and financial security in adulthood: children’s financial assets.
A new report, Building Expectations, Delivering Results, from the Assets and Education Initiative (AEDI) at the University of Kansas suggests that investing in policies that build children’s savings could revolutionize the way that financial assistance is conceived and delivered and improve educational outcomes along the way. Could savings offer an alternative to the debt-driven model of higher education finance? What kinds of policies would be necessary to extend the opportunity to save to all children regardless of family income?
On July 15th, the New America Foundation and the AEDI at the University of Kansas will explore how our financial aid system could be remade to promote savings and opportunity with a distinguished panel of experts. Please join us in person or view the event live online. Copies of the executive summary of Building Expectations, Delivering Results will be available at the event.
A light breakfast will be served.
The event will be webcast live on this page.
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